Greg Fossilman Raymer Wins at Heartland Poker Tour
Greg “Fossilman” Raymer is no stranger to winning multiple Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) titles. The World Series of Poker legend does after all adorn no fewer than fewer than four HPT crowns; all won during 2012, for which he also very befittingly won the Heartland Poker Tour Player of the Year award. But more than that, Raymer’s recent Ameristar East Chicago $1,650 smash victory extends by yet another galactic performance his record as all-time wins leader on the famous Poker tour; effectively bringing to screeching halt a 7-year HPT title drought.
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Even though the money is likely regarded by Raymer to be ranking nearer the bottom of his priority list what with the extreme bragging rights that go along with a record such as his, the $171,411 as well as a prize package to value of $3,500 for entry into the HPT Season XVI Championship, will not at all go to waste.
Raymer Now 3rd On HPT Wins List
But the money is the makings of another in-progress record too as having earned a total of $655,297 in HPT career lifetime earnings thanks to Monday’s victory, Greg “Fossilman” Raymer has jumped form 5th position to 3rd position on the career earnings list. This means that in this particular department, he’s beat by two other players only, namely Craig Casino ($860,837) and Reginald “Shawn” Roberts ($720,333).
Raymer wasted no time working his way to the final table either and by the time the final nine were comfortably seated and ready to play, Raymer was ranking it up in 2nd place. The fact that Evan Bethyo by that time had managed to speed far ahead of the pack with a 50% chip-lead over runner-up Raymer would no doubt have caused the HPT champ to sit up straight and let loose the dogs of war.
And that’s ultimately exactly wat Raymer did too. He made sure to remain trailing Bethyo for the remainder of the heads-up shift. But by the time the duo had reached one-on-one play, Raymer had fallen slightly further behind, with Even Bethyo suddenly having discovered himself 11 million chips in the lead as opposed to Reyman’s much more conservative 4.1 million.
But by the time the first hand of heads-up was dealt, Raymer was back and he was back with a bang. He effectively turned the entire thing around and before anyone could say “two flopped pairs for Bethyo”, the tournament was safely in the bag for Greg “Fossilman” Raymer.